DENVER (March 21, 2023) – The MJ Companies, a leading risk management and employee benefits agency, has announced its partnership with MacPherson’s Art, the industry’s leading provider of arts and crafts supplies. The agency has also welcomed a new team member, Andrea Kron, to its Colorado office as the agency continues its momentous growth trajectory.

Just one month shy of its one-year anniversary in the Colorado market, The MJ Companies has continued to make significant strides in the community, adding globally recognized MacPherson’s Art to its impressive rolodex of clients.

Known for its brand management capabilities and worldwide distribution of arts and crafts supplies, MacPherson’s holds exclusive distribution rights to some of the highest caliber creative materials in the industry. With a wide range of clients spanning independent mom and pops to regional chains, mass market and e-commerce organizations, MacPherson’s has been delivering its expertise for more than forty years.

A 100% employee-owned company with a long, rich history in the industry, MacPherson’s company culture is structured on a customer-focused approach harmonizing elements of curiosity, innovation, inspiration and teamwork – a commonality shared closely with MJ Insurance.

“As we began to look for a trusted partner in the insurance and employee benefits space, it became clear that we shared many of our core values with MJ,” said MacPherson’s Art Chief People Officer Molly Johnston. “Our shared vision of delivering creativity to the community while ensuring our employees have the best benefits, made it easy for us to join forces with MJ and develop the perfect plan for our team.”

Through this partnership, MJ will be designing and maintaining a custom-made, sustainable benefits package that meets the diverse needs of all MacPherson’s team members.

“MacPherson’s Art represents elite brands and only the highest quality products for its customers, so it’s an honor to be viewed in that same regard as their benefits partner,” said The MJ Companies Colorado Market President Courtney Hutchison. “MacPherson’s injects creativity and diverse expression through art in today’s world, and we’re thrilled to join them as they continue to share their message of inclusivity and artistic genius in the community.”

Along with its community-rooted market presence and growing client list, MJ’s growth trajectory isn’t stopping there. With the launch of the Colorado Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FAMLI) program in early 2023, MJ’s team of experts expanded its capabilities, and its team, to consult their clients on how to navigate the complex legal regulations as it impacted Coloradans across the state.

Joining the MJ team as an account manager in the benefits consulting department in Colorado, Kron is set to play a valuable role as the company continues to expand its presence. Responsible for the day-to-day client advocacy including project management, vendor management and compliance support, Kron’s diverse background in health and welfare benefit program management as well as retirement program management, gives her an edge positioning her as a key leader in MJ’s expansion and consistent flourishment.

“The addition of Andrea truly enhances the power and dynamic of the MJ team,” said Hutchison. “Andrea’s highly impressive background within employer-based benefit teams for big-name corporations, not only solidifies her expertise in the industry, but exudes the quality-of-service benefits broker and consulting firm should always deliver. We’re thrilled to have someone of her caliber join our team.”

Since its expansion into Colorado in 2022, The MJ Companies has strengthened its team with the hires of Vice President of Business & Community Development Amy Weeks Bittner and Director of Benefits Communication & Engagement Kristen Krapf, further deepening its commitment to Colorado and continued growth in the market.

The MJ Companies, one of the largest privately held insurance agencies in America, is a commercial and personal insurance, risk management, retirement and employee benefits consulting agency that since 1964 has grown from a two-person start-up to an agency with more than 200 employees. With offices in Phoenix, Indianapolis and now Denver, MJ specializes in a diverse selection of service lines, including construction, energy, transportation, manufacturing, sororities and recycling as well as a complete suite of employee benefits programs and services. The MJ Companies believes in a data-driven, tech-enabled approach that helps give clients the best choices and supports a fact-over-fiction decision-making process. The MJ Companies serves clients in more than 54 countries and in every U.S. state.



Indianapolis-based The MJ Companies exists to inspire the success, fulfillment, and wellbeing of each person it serves – associates and their families, business partners, clients and the community. MJ serves a diverse client base that includes local, regional and national companies. Fifty-nine years after its founding, The MJ Companies continues to expand through culture, service and leadership. Additional information may be found at